The holidays are right around the corner, and with that come lots of steaming, sautéing, frying, grilling, and baking. Prepping for the family get-together may be a tradition, but it’s one that often comes with its own collection of gifts — strange, lingering smells.
How to Remove Cooking Odors
There are many kinds of food that leave a lingering impression. Thankfully, there are also many ways to refresh your kitchen without the use of harmful chemicals and synthetic fragrances.
Homemade Air Freshener
Making your own air freshener is easy and can be a great holiday activity! Simply fill a small bottle with three parts water, two tablespoons of rubbing alcohol, and 18 drops of your favorite essential oil. Sage, clove, peppermint, and cinnamon will make good holiday scents!
Another great way to remove odors from the kitchen is to use scraps to create your own potpourri! The boiling water steams up and carries the scent through your home to cover other scents. And bonus, the water can also help to add humidity to your home on cold, dry winter days. Boil water and add citrus peels, cinnamon sticks, anise stars, and cloves to create a great holiday mix, or stick to lemon slices, orange rinds, and mint for a bright and cheerful scent!
If your family are coffee drinkers, this solution may be put in place without any additional work on your part! Brew a fresh pot of coffee or put freshly ground coffee beans into shallow bowls throughout your home to absorb cooking smells.
Neutralize Harsh Smells
Clean up after dinner by boiling one cup of water plus three tablespoons of vinegar to let the steam help kill any unwanted cooking smells. This is an especially good solution for anyone who may have a sensitive nose.
There are many ways to help kill kitchen odors before they can permeate through your home. If you find your kitchen smells persisting, you may have stinky drains. Contact Scott Harrison Plumbing and Heating, Inc. for drain cleaning services as well as any other plumbing needs over this holiday season!